IFH 144: The Reel Truth on How to Survive Making an Indie Film with Reed Martin

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
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The Reel Truth on How to Survive Making an Indie Film with Reed Martin Have you ever wish that you could avoid pitfalls and mistakes that other filmmakers made before you? Today’s guest does just that. Reed Martin is the author of the best-selling book The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn’t Know You Need to Know…

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10 Tips To Negotiate Your Rate Like A Pro

By Matt Webb | Feb 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
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10 Tips To Negotiate Your Rate Like A Pro Learning how to negotiate is a learned skill for most. It is nerve wracking and awkward, but necessary in the industry. For every job you will have some kind of negotiation over pay rate and conditions. Negotiation for a job takes place with the Unit Production…

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Mr. Robot Script Analysis: Breakdown the Pilot Episode with Peter Russell

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Mr. Robot Script Analysis: Breakdown the Pilot Episode If you have been living under a rock then you won’t understand what the big deal is with the amazing and award winning show Mr. Robot. The show follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being…

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Top Ten Best Screenplays Ever Written

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 22, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Top Ten Best Screenplays Ever Written If you want to be a screenwriter you have to read screenplays. There’s no better place to start than then reading the masters of the craft. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) published this list of the top ten best screenplays ever written and I would have to agree. My personal…

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NAB Exclusive Preview: Killer New Sigma Cine Lens Line

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
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NAB Exclusive Preview: Killer New Sigma Cine Lens Line I just directed This is Meg star’s Jill-Michele Meleán new Comedy Stand-Up Special and we shot it using SIGMA’s new Cine Lenses 18-35mm and 50-100mm on the Blackmagic Ursa 4.6k. My cinematographer Austin Nordell just can’t stop raving about them and I can’t tell you how…

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IFH 143: How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned So as filmmakers we all want to make the best films we can. Sometimes filmmakers think that a bigger budget is the answer, that bigger is better. This is what I thought when I went down the road and create my short film Red…

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Watch FREE: Pixar Storytelling MasterClass – Pixar in a Box

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
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FREE Pixar Storytelling MasterClass – Pixar in a Box Have you ever wondered how Pixar Animation Studios continues to create one masterpiece after another? How do they understand storytelling so well? What is their process? The Khan Acadamy has partnered with Pixar to create a multi-year project creating a series of videos, lessons, and online…

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Watch: How Damien Chazelle Shot the Musical Sequences of La La Land

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How Damien Chazelle Shot the Musical Sequences of La La Land After the amazing debut of writer/director Damien Chazelle‘s first feature “Whiplash” many industry insiders were waiting to see what the director would do next. Well, he came out with a bang with the musical postcard to Hollywood “La La Land.” The film has been nominated…

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Indie Film Marketing: How to Design a Website for your Film

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Creating an Image for Your Project: Design a Website! Most filmmakers and artist do not even think about marketing or distribution when creating a new project. This is where many projects fail. The first line of defense in creating a brand or image around your project is YOUR WEBSITE. Now how do you Design a Website? Designing a…

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Screenplays: FREE Download 2017 Oscar Contenders + Over 150 More Film Scripts

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 16, 2017 | 24 Comments
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Screenplays: Download 2017 Oscar Contenders Moonlight, Hail, Caesar!, Captain Fantastic and More (Running List) UPDATED FEB 2017: If you want to be a screenwriter you need to read a lot of screenplays. And if you are going to read film scripts might as well read some of this year’s best. Below is an active running list…

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Top 10 Must Listen to Screenwriting Podcasts

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Indie Film Hustle’s Top 10 Screenwriting Podcasts Screenwriting Podcasts are a treasure trove of knowledge for the aspiring or professional screenwriter. Indie Film Hustle has put together the Top Ten must listen to screenwriting podcast of the last year. The list below is a whos who in the screenwriting world. Be sure to take notes because there…

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IFH 142: Lessons Learned from Running Indie Film Hustle

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Lessons Learned from Running Indie Film Hustle I wanted to put together this episode to share with the IFH Tribe the amazing lessons I’ve learned over the past year and a half running both IndieFilmHustle.com and the IFH Podcast. I wanted to show you how these lessons can be applied to your filmmaking or screenwriting…

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Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear

By Corey Steib | Feb 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear You may be wondering why this article is called Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear and the reason behind it is that I feel today’s filmmakers rely more on technology than the technique of filmmaking itself. I recently wrote an article on why shot composition…

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IFH 141: Turbo Kid & How to Create an Indie Film Ecosystem with Shaked Berenson

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Turbo Kid & How to Create an Indie Film Ecosystem with Shaked Berenson I speak a lot on IFH on how filmmakers should create their own ecosystem and revenue streams, today’s guest has done just that. Shaked Berenson is the co-founder of Epic Pictures Group, a film financing, production, and international/domestic sales company based in Beverly…

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Visual Effects: Knowing When NOT to Use Them in Indie Filmmaking

By Sean Falcon | Feb 14, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Visual Effects: The Sword and The Shield In the hands of an artist, cg and visual effects can be a beautiful display of elegance, subtlety and realism. The exact opposite effect, while equally as beautiful, can also be achieved. It can be rough and rugged, dirty, in your face, and completely devoid of any sense…

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Film Production Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Film Production Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List 1) Indie Film Production: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking Indie Film Production explains the simple, basic, clear cut role of the independent film producer. Raising funds to do your dream project, producing award-winning films with a low budget, putting name actors on your indie film-it’s all…

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IFH 140: 6 Mistakes To Avoid Your First Day On a Film Set

By Matt Webb | Feb 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
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6 Mistakes To Avoid Your First Day On a Film Set 1. Arriving Late If you’re not early, you’re late. I aim to get to work at least 15 minutes early each day on a film set. This gives me time to setup, read my call sheet and sides, cram in some extra breakfast and…

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Troy Duffy: A Cautionary Hollywood Tale – Boondock Saints

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 9, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Troy Duffy: A Cautionary Hollywood Tale – Boondock Saints I’m always looking for success stories in the film business to study and analyze. Robert Rodriguez and El Mariachi, Kevin Smith and Clerks, and Oren Peli Paranormal Activity come to mind. A name you might not have heard of is Troy Duffy. Studying filmmaking success stories is…

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IFH 139: Why I Edited My Feature Film on DaVinci Resolve

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 6, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Why I Edited My Feature Film on DaVinci Resolve I’ve been editing features, shorts, commercial, and everything else shot on film or video for over 20 years. Editing on almost every non-linear editing system you can imagine I know what I want and like in an NLE. When it came time to edit my directorial feature…

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What’s a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) & Why Do You Need It?

By John Rodsett | Feb 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
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What’s a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) & Why Do You Need It? Now I know this is the sexy part of the film business byt stay with me here. In the late 1990’s, I was asked to be involved with a film that was to be funded via a Private Placement Memorandum/an LLC. My company…

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IFH 138: How to Sell Your Idea to Television with Agent Matthew Doyle

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How to Sell Your Idea to Television with Agent Matthew Doyle SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast Today’s guest cracked open a door to a part of the industry I had no idea about, television. Matthew Doyle is a television lit agent at the Verve Talent and Literary Agency.  He’s an up…

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IFH 137: Jason Michael Berman – Producing 5 Sundance Films & Making it in Hollywood

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Jason Michael Berman – Producing 5 Sundance Films & Making it in Hollywood SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast I had the honor of speaking to Jason Michael Berman at Sundance this year. He’s a Sundance vet. He has premiered 5 features at Sundance over the years and has the record for the highest…

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How to Make Prop Money for Your Indie Film

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How to Make Prop Money for Your Indie Film If you are making an action film, thriller or crime drama chances are you’ll need a briefcase FULL of prop movie cash at one point or another.  The good folks over at Indy Mogul made this video to show you how to make some amazing looking screen…

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IFH 136: How to Break into the Film Industry with Stage 32’s RB Botto

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 1, 2017 | 1 Comment
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How to Break into the Film Industry with Stage 32’s RB Botto SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast One of my most downloaded episodes ever was my interview with Film Industry vet and CEO of Stage32.com, RB Botto (Click here to listen to that interview). Ever since then I’ve been wanting to…

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George RR Martin: Master Class on Storytelling with the Creator of Games of Thrones

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 1, 2017 | 2 Comments
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George RR Martin: Master Class on Storytelling George RR Martin is one of the most beloved and hated storytellers of his generation. He’s best known for his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire (FREE AUDIO BOOK VERSIONS HERE), which HBO later adapted for its dramatic HBO series entitled Game of Thrones. Ever since HBO released the Games of…

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Breaking Down The Social Network Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin, Structure, and Collaboration

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Breaking Down The Social Network Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin, Structure, and Collaboration If you’ve been following this blog at all you know I’m a huge fan of David Fincher. I still think The Social Network was robbed at the 2011 Oscars®. The magic of Fincher’s directing with Aaron Sorkin’s genius screenplay is a match made in film…

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IFH 135: Disrupting Sundance & Helping Filmmakers with Slamdance Co-Founder Dan Mirvish

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Disrupting Sundance & Helping Filmmakers with Slamdance Co-Founder Dan Mirvish SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast In our journeys through the Sundance Film Festival, we ran into the David to the Sundance Goliath, Slamdance Co-Founder Dan Mirvish.  Dan has been a rebel, author, filmmaker, disruptor, festival creator, and true indie film hustler.  This interview…

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IFH 134: Chasing Sly and the Family Stone Documentary for 12 years with Michael Rubenstone

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 30, 2017 | 2 Comments
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Chasing Sly and the Family Stone Documentary for 12 years with Michael Rubenstone SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast We all hear stories of filmmakers working on films for years and years. Well, I don’t know about you but I’ve never met one until now. In my journeys at Sundance and Slamdance…

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Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production

By Matt Webb | Jan 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production Film Production is created in 5 phases: development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution. Each phase has a different purpose, with the overarching goal to get to the next one, and ultimately on to distribution. Each stage varies in length, and different roles suit different stages. Sadly, some…

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IFH 133: Sydney Freeland: Working with Netflix & Maintaining Creative Freedom

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 27, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 133: Sydney Freeland: Working with Netflix & Maintaining Creative Freedom
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Sydney Freeland: Working with Netflix & Maintaining Creative Freedom SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast I ran into many filmmakers while fighting the blizzard at this year’s Sundance Film Festival but one of the most impressive of the bunch was director Sydney Freeland. Sydney has had a challenging journey to become a…

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